Early Reviews Of Damn Right, Rebel Proud Are In !!

First off, thanks to EVERYONE who spent the time to report the fake Hank III site here on MySpace, and thanks to Declared Ungovernable for sniffing it out.

I got something else to say here, just so it’s set in stone, and it is not aimed at any particular person or situation, but it’s something I want to clarify: freehank3.org is NOT a fan site, or at least, it’s not only a fan site. Not that there’s anything wrong with fan sites. Hank III has a great one, but freehank3 is an organization that is made up of YOU, INCLUDING OTHER FAN SITES, and it operates in accordance to its mission statement. There might be some fan site elements to freehank3, and we use MySpace to communicate, network, and disseminate information. But when you break it all down, freehank3 is people.

If you posted messages on Curb’s MySpace, if you called Curb, if you put the Reinstate Hank banner up, if you reported the fake III site, if you read the blogs, then YOU are part of freehank3. I am just the guy behind the scenes pulling the levers, but I work for you, not for my ego or some hidden agenda or anything else.

At some point freehank3 will cease to exist, when we’ve accomplished our mission, but the fans sites will go on. And I never have and never will look at other Hank III sites as ‘competition’ or do anything to harm anybody trying to spread the GOOD word about Hank III or any element of the Outlaw/Underground country movement.



Damn Right, Rebel Proud Early Reviews !!

Some early reviews of DRRP have started appearing ahead of the Oct. 21st release date, and surprisingly, it actually seems like the reviewers listened to the albums unlike last time.

Country Standard Time Review

“Tuesday, August 12, 2008 Hank Williams III will put new music, “Damn Right Rebel Proud,” Oct. 21 on Sidewalk Records. Hank III, the grandson of Hank Williams, completed the video for the first single as well, Long Hauls & Close Calls.

The disc apparently combines his hard rock and traditional country sides. Of the single, Hank III said, “It’s got a little bit of the scream for the kids in black and a little bit of the banjo and Dobro for the country folks.”

This is Williams’ first CD since “Straight to Hell” in 2006 on Curb Records. “That was a big one for me, man,” he said. “Rock kids that don’t listen to country understood it. That record really had an impact.”

On the new CD, Wild & Free has a rollicking, Buck Owens flavor; Me & My Friends is “a standard, good ol’ country song;” the populist anthem If You Can’t Help Your Own addresses the current U.S. government;” and the closing Workin’ Man, a duet with the tune’s author, writer/artist/construction worker Bob Wayne, sounds like an Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s.

Recorded in HIII’s east Tennessee home with friends over a two-week period, the album’s magnum opus is the 10-minute symphony in 3 movements P.F.F., which he describes as “a high-energy, get-drunk singalong.” He dedicates it to late shock rocker G.G. Allin. “The hobo kids, the train-hopping kids, they all love Hank Williams and G.G. Allin,” he said. “And they’ve bled into our audience.”

“Most of the time everybody’s gettin’ along,” he said. “Most of the trouble we’ve had has been with the security, not the kids. I’m still tryin’ to keep one half happy and the other half satisfied by flip-floppin’ the shows” between stone country, punk and metal sets. “We’re just doin’ what we’re doin’, and people see the realness in that.”

The disc also includes 3 Shades of Black, which climaxes with a bloodcurdling scream, and Stoned & Alone, a country ballad. “My dad’s version of that song would be The Pressure Is On,’ he said. “I still live for the road; I don’t live for a lady – I guess that’s part of the problem.”

On Candidate for Suicide, “All the things I’m talkin’ about in that song – the rape, the drug abuse and feelin’ on the outskirts of life, as G.G. would say – that’s all true,” he said. “But just because you’re a candidate doesn’t mean you’re gonna go through with it. I’ve got no respect for anyone who tries to take the easy way out. Unless you can’t take care of yourself or stuff like that, I’m always standin’ for you to hold onto life as much as you can. There’s a huge amount of depression out there, and that’s really what the song’s about. ‘Candidate for Suicide’ is dark, but it’s not sayin’ do it; it’s just talkin’ about how it crosses your mind a good bit.”

blabbermouth.net

“Hank Williams III (ASSJACK, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ARSON ANTHEM) will release his sixth album, “Damn Right Rebel Proud”, on October 21 via Sidewalk Records. According to a press release, the CD is “filled with a self-described ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ mix of disturbingly dark stuff and ‘good ol’ country.'”

The first single is the mutated truckers’ tune “Long Hauls & Close Calls”, for which a video has been shot. III thinks of it as the album’s “crossover” track, explaining that “It’s got a little bit of the scream for the kids in black and a little bit of the banjo and dobro for the country folks.”

“Damn Right Rebel Proud” follows the fierce and edgy “Straight to Hell” (2006), which broke all the rules of country music while still managing to honor its traditions. “That was a big one for me, man,” III says of “Straight to Hell”. “Rock kids that don’t listen to country understood it. That record really had an impact.”

Recorded in Hank III’s east Tennessee home with friends over a two-week period, the album’s magnum opus is the 10-minute, shitkickin’ symphony in three movements “P.F.F.” (you can guess what it stands for), which he describes as “a high-energy, get-drunk singalong.” He dedicates it to archetypal shock rocker G.G. Allin (certainly a first on a Nashville album), who III understandably views as a spiritual brother in chaos. “The hobo kids, the train-hopping kids, they all love Hank Williams and G.G. Allin,” he points out. “And they’ve bled into our audience.” III’s crowd is a roiling mix of outsider subcultures, along with working folks and party-down college kids. “Most of the time everybody’s gettin’ along,” he says. “Most of the trouble we’ve had has been with the security, not the kids. I’m still tryin’ to keep one half happy and the other half satisfied by flip-floppin’ the shows” between stone country, punk and metal sets. “We’re just doin’ what we’re doin’, and people see the realness in that.””

Don’t forget you can already pre-order DRRP from Amazon or other websites/music stores.

The Triggerman, over and out.